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Sara Reyes | Making My List…Checking it ?

May 23, 2009

Sara ReyesBig confession time, shocker isn’t it? But I don’t make reading lists. Gasp! Yup, reading a book is a time of relaxation and to “get away from it all” not something associated with “work” and for me, lists are WORK. BIG CAPTIALS, WORK. What I MUST do, what I should have DONE, what I WILL DO. Get the point? Work. Yuck. Reading now is something entirely different. It’s where I leave everything and go into a different world, with its own set of rules, problems, solutions, characters. It’s definitely not work. So, here’s the problem, I said this weekend’s theme should be “reading lists or books for the summer.”

All well and good, after all I can set the tone or theme for a weekend or week or month, but then it means I have to follow it too. SIGH. And I spent Friday thinking about “what am I going to read this summer?” It was dreary and depressing. It was planning it was, omg, WORK!!! So I figured it out, I’d just confess. I don’t do lists.

DRAGONS PREFER BLONDESNow, not to say I’m not ‘aware’ of book releases dates, oh dearie me, no! I am very aware because like airline seats they have a critical day (street date) when things MUST BE DONE, but for my personal reading, I have a general idea, Linda Howard has a book in July, (BURN), there will be blockbusters and lots of great reads right around the corner. And I can wait, so making a list is really a pain.

But I also know and admire, must admit I do admire, readers who PLAN their reading and books meticulously. One I know actually has the books in her planner and consults it as to when she’ll be able to do family stuff or she’ll be reading. Honest, no joke. And that’s cool. She actually has all the release dates, even penciling in the ‘tentative titles,’ for the next two YEARS of her favorite authors. Of course, she has a devil of a time when she discovers someone new and has to “fit them in” to her schedule. And since she’s joined our book club we’ve all taken great joy and pride in introducing to authors she never knew. But back to the point, for her this summer reading list assignment would have been a breeze. (note to self, get her to write a blog post, it would be interesting). For me it’s been painful.

So question of the day, what are you? A seat of the pants reader (as in you see a book, you pick it up, you read) or are you a planner (you know when a book comes out, you acquire it, you set aside time and read) or somewhere in between or chart your own path?

Until next time…
Get out there and READ a book…

Sara Reyes
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  • Fantasy Dreamer May 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I keep a widget on my blog and call it “Next Reads” and keeps a handful of books I really want to read in it. I add a new book to after I have finished a book from it. I try to stick to it but I will admit there has been a time or two a book arrives in the mail and it’s not in the Next Reads list, I read it. 🙂

  • lisa May 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I confess to having lists, I have a notebook, of release dates that I know of, of library return dates. I have books that I”m reading or have read, listed on Goodreads. I tend to stray from a schedule even the library books, but it makes me feel more organized having these lists.

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